Ellen Mueller

State of Emergency: Film Screening

by admin on February 17, 2014, no comments

Extraterrestrial Non-Verbal Communication from Ellen Mueller on Vimeo.

State of Emergency in film is a screening of short films related to disaster at Davidson College in Davidson, NC. This film screening is part of the programming accompanying an exhibition that Ai Wei Wei is in – I’m so excited!

Thursday, February 20, 2014.
Seman Auditorium, Belk Visual Arts Center
315 N. Main St.
Davidson, NC 28035
(Corner of Griffith & Main Streets)

“Copy, Synth, Morph” at CAA

by admin on February 3, 2014, no comments

I will be presenting on the Drawing Today panel at the College Art Association’s annual conference Thursday, February 13th from 5:30 -7:00 p.m. – to be held at the Hilton Chicago in the Lake Michigan suite, 8th floor. My presentation will be about 15 minutes long, and below is a short description of the material I’ll be covering.

Heather Mahoney, "Untitled," Ink and colored pencil – Copy/Synthesize/Morph exercise (copying Ryoko Akoi and Daniel Zeller) completed for Intermediate Drawing Fall 2010, 4 drawings approximately 8”x10” each

Heather Mahoney, “Untitled,” Ink and colored pencil – Copy/Synthesize/Morph exercise (copying Ryoko Akoi and Daniel Zeller) completed for Intermediate Drawing Fall 2010, 4 drawings approximately 8”x10” each

Short Abstract:

The master copy has been a traditional element of drawing education for centuries, while contemporary students are endlessly consumed with defining their unique personal ‘styles’. To address these often conflicting foci, I have developed an advanced course that reimagines the “Master Copy” and exposes students to a wide range of contemporary and classical drawing artists.

The primary assignment — titled “Copy, Synth, Morph” — results in four distinct drawings: two ‘master copies,’ a synthesis of those copies, and a final, ‘morphed’ drawing, in which students integrate their own concepts to develop a new, personalized, visual language.

The project forces students to articulate their own drawing interests while practicing their craft through careful observation and replication. They are also confronted with a multitude of approaches to mark-making executed through a wide range of media and technology. While the process often catches them off guard, it allows them to approach various drawing challenges from a beginner’s point of view, releasing them from their often poorly-defined expectations.

My presentation outlines course expectations, a selection of supporting assignments, and assessment.

NMC10: Video Exhibit

by admin on January 28, 2014, no comments

Manifest Destiny III is currently featured in the traveling exhibit, NMC10, produced by the New Media Caucus.

Still from "Manifest Destiny III"

Still from “Manifest Destiny III”

NMC10 is a juried video program celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the New Media Caucus (NMC), a 953 member affiliate organization of the College Art Association formed in 2003 to promote the development and understanding of new media art.

The exhibition is showing at the following locations:

Llewellyn Gallery @ Alfred State College
January 20-February 7, 2014

Sleeth Gallery @ West Virginia Wesleyan College
January 14-30, 2014

Cassidy Theatre @ Chicago Cultural Center
CAA Conference (Chicago) Screenings:
February 13th from 12:00-2:30pm and
February 14th from 5:30-8:00pm

Brick City Gallery @ Missouri State University
March 4-15, 2014

Call for Presentations: Food & Art

by admin on January 25, 2014, no comments

I am chairing a panel at the 2014 Mid-America College Art Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas, October 22 – 25, 2014.

Elizabeth Willing, “Goosebump” (2010-2013) pfeffernüsse biscuits, royal icing, dimensions variable

Image Credit: Elizabeth Willing, “Goosebump” (2010-2013) pfeffernüsse biscuits, royal icing

My panel is entitled, “At the Intersection of Food & Art,” and here’s the abstract:

“This panel seeks submissions that address occurrences at the intersection of food and art. Food, and ideas surrounding the subject, have recently been spotlighted in exhibitions such as “Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art (2012) at The University of Chicago, “Sugar, Sugar” (2013) at Brenda May Gallery, or “Consumed: Nourishment and Indulgence” (2013) at Bowling Green State University. This panel will examine this trend by surveying a sampling of the origins, influences, theories, processes, and manifestations of art connected with food, either conceptually or materialistically. Topics of investigation could include, but are not limited to, the physical and emotional sense of taste, epicureanism, plating/presentation/aesthetics, scarcity & abundance, social functions and rituals associated with food, growth & decay, food as comfort, indulgence/restraint, processed food, the physical process of eating and digesting food, sexual associations, economics, and packaging & advertising. Submissions can address these ideas from a variety of standpoints: art historical, artistic practice, curatorial or pedagogical.”

Proposals are due by April 4, 2014, and can be submitted here. MACAA membership is required at the time of acceptance. Conference registration fee is required of all.

Please share far and wide! I would love to hear from a wide variety of interested people.